by Bailey Haack
Scientists are investigating a noted rise in the amount of young dolphin deaths so far this year along the Gulf Coast.
A total of 24 dolphins washed up in the coast in just the last two weeks. Marine mammal researcher Moby Solangi told ABC News that this is very unusual. "It's a tenfold increase in calves that are dying."
Scientists have taken tissue samples and are working to find the cause of the increased deaths.
Solangi said that many of the deaths are in the Mississippi and Alabama areas, where the bottlenose dolphins go to calve in the spring, according to a MSN News report.
Marine experts are working to determine whether last summer's oil spill had anything to do with the unusual deaths, according to ABC News.